Dyad Leadership Course
The WSMA Dyad Leadership Course is a month-long course with three live
educational workshop days. This course is intended for physicians and
their administrative dyad partners who wish to improve team function and
achieve greater operational success within their clinical system.
Why it's important
Safe, cost-effective, and quality care can only be achieved when
physicians and administrators are strong partners in leadership. Forging
such a partnership effectively connects the culture of patient care with
the culture of business, yielding better outcomes and real change.
Teamwork is necessary to achieve better outcomes. Having the
whole team on the same page for the
right reasons is crucial to drive real change.
How it works
The WSMA Dyad Leadership Course is designed as a working “retreat”
focusing on three aspects of leadership development:
Assessment of current individual, dyad, and team function, with
attention to opportunities for improvement.
Construction of a remediation process using classroom-based and health
care facility-based resources to plan for individual, dyad, and team
An evaluation of progress toward goals at the completion of the course.
This WSMA Dyad Leadership Course develops leadership knowledge and skills
based on the ongoing operational needs of the physician and their
administrative partner. The course is adapted to fit the specific clinical
culture of participating teams. At the end of the course, participants
will have a greater understanding of how to enhance leadership and
operational success within their clinical system.
The 2023 Dyad Leadership Course will take place Sept. 29–Oct. 27. The first two days will be held in-person on Friday and Saturday, Sept 29 and 30. The final in-person session on Friday, Oct 27. The max capacity
for the course is 20 participants, or 10 dyads. Individuals or
group/system teams are encouraged to apply. It’s important you are present
all day for the three in-person sessions. If you are unable to attend all
three sessions, then it’s best register for the Dyad Course when you can. The
tuition for the course is: WSMA Member: $3,200/dyad; Non-member:
This course is led by Edward A. Walker, MD, MHA,
professor emeritus in the departments of psychiatry and behavioral
sciences and health services at the University of Washington in
Seattle and senior physician advisor for the WSMA Center for
To register for the WSMA Dyad Leadership Course, physicians must have
completed the WSMA Physician Leadership Course or be on a leadership track
within their practice or organization. Learn more about the
Physician Leadership Course.
Questions? Contact Alyssa Crawford at 206.956.3637 or
Refunds are available for live event registration depending on when the
refund is requested in relation to the start of the course.
91 days or more until start of event: a 100% refund
less a $100 processing fee per person
- 61 – 90 days until start of event: a 75% refund
- 31-60 days until start of event: a 25% refund
- 30 days or less until start of event: no refund
The WSMA reserves the right to cancel the course. If so, preregistered
participants will be notified and full refunds provided. No-shows will
receive no refund. Registrations may not be transferred to another person
at any time. A participant may transfer registration one time to the next
available course if space permits. All subsequent transfers of
registration will incur a change fee of $250. All refunds will be issued
to the original form of payment.
For in-person courses, the WSMA cannot be held responsible for other costs
or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines,
travel agencies, or hotels.